I am only going to say this once. Put the jogging pants away my friend. They don't do a thing for your booty, not to mention an elasticized waist band isn't anyone's friend. Okay, now that we've addressed the pants, I think we need to talk about your makeup routine. You're probably thinking 'what makeup routine?' Precisely! Spend some time on yourself! Just because you're studying, or swamped by the amount of papers you have to write doesn't mean you don't have time for yourself. Make.time. Showering does not count as 'pampering'. I know you're broke. You're going to have to deal with that. It isn't' going to change any time soon...so get thrifty! Turn that dorm room into a mini spa and give yourself a much needed study break. Paint those toes! We both know how much 'cave woman' toes drive us up the wall. Pluck those brows, and spend time on skin care. Stress is not doing any favours to your skin right now so you need to take care of it. At the end of the day no one is going to know the marks you got on that exam, but you will look back on pictures and think why didn't I care more about myself? You are working hard, so don't be so hard on yourself. Even if you aren't going out anywhere, get dressed. Do your hair, and put on some makeup. Trust me, it will do wonders for your self esteem.
Sending lots of love,
The wiser, older version of you.
Alright, well I might have upgraded from a rubber ducky, but I still enjoy relaxing in the tub from time to time. I love a good face mask, hair mask, body scrub. You name it. Weekends are all about making time for a little R & R. Rest and Recharge.
If you ask me, Balea masks are a cheap and effective way to bring the spa to you! Slice up a cucumber and put a few slices on your eyes and relax. Let your worries slip away. I also love the Body Shop's Body Butter (especially in the winter). It's incredibly hydrating. Slather it on after you get out of the bath or shower and you won't regret it. As far of hair products go, I splurged on the Aveda Dry Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner because my hair was so dry. Dryer than it had ever been. It was well worth it as I've already noticed a difference in my ends. It hydrates without making my hair look greasy (since I have fine hair I'm always worried about that), and it smells wonderful!
Do you have any favourite items you like to pamper yourself with? I'd love to hear about them!
I hope you're having a great weekend.
It's Friday! You know what that means? Yes, the weekend is upon us. Can I get a Hallelujah? Too much? Alright. Well I am pretty pumped about this weeks 'Be Fab' Beauty. Jennifer is a new momma of twins (and boy are they adorable!!) Despite how busy having two babies has kept her, Jenn always takes the time to get ready and feel good before she leaves the house. In fact, whenever I am making excuses about getting ready all I have to think about is her, and how she does it! I really have no excuse. So, I wanted to ask her about her beauty tips and tricks. She also has a massive makeup collection that I was dying to hear more about. This is what Jennifer had to say:
Name: Jennifer Touhey
Age: 39 (if I have to tell the truth and you post before next week haha)
Skin Type: Normal
Tell us a little about your skin care routine: Much to the horror of all you beauticians and make-up artists, soap, water and good old Nivea cream.
What is your go to beauty routine? My routine? Well, I start with foundation or bb cream, a little concealer and some powder to set! If I am feeling blah, I will add a little bronzer, and then some blush. Then I do my eyes, keeping it simple, and finish with some mascara and eye liner. I like to dabble a little (as far as brands go), so I use MAC for foundation, powder, bronzer and some of my eye shadows. I use Lise Watier concealer, Bobbie Brown's shimmer brick on my eyes, and Clinique for my mascara. My eye liner is either Clinique, Lancôme or Quo. Depends on my mood. Also, if I want to add some spice and shimmer, Bobbi Brown or Mac do the trick! Hey, I never pretended to be low maintenance. I do this almost every day. My lazy days ( including my beach and seadoo days) include BB cream, a little blush and mascara- water proof of course!
If I took a look in your makeup bag what would I find? A lot! I love trying new things. You will find anything and everything.. foundation, powders, bronzer, a ton of eye shadows and eye liners, mascara, lip gloss and of course for those occasions when we go out.. a little glitter! One could say I am as fanatic about make-up as I am about my hair!
If you could only have one makeup item to use everyday (deserted island style) what would it be and why? BB cream or tinted moisturizer- at least I would have even skin!
What is the best beauty product you've come across? Why do you love it? Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick. Any, and all colours. I love it because it has multiple functions, and they are just sooo pretty!
What was the worst beauty purchase you've made? Why was it awful? Electric blue mascara. I thought it would be a good idea to match my mascara to my dress. It was the 90's. Not such a great look for me!!
Do you have any beauty secrets you'd like to share? If so, please tell us: I don't have any real beauty secrets. I would just say don't forget to take care of yourself. Get ready every day. When you take the time for yourself you will feel good walking out the door each day.
When I first read Jenn's answers I sent her a text saying, 'soap? like a bar of soap?!" she replied, "Yep. Am I horrifying you?" To be perfectly honest, I wasn't horrified at all. Just shocked. She has great skin! The thing about those fortunate enough to be blessed with 'normal skin' by the skin gods, is that they can get away with using pretty much anything on their face! That being said, just because it works, doesn't necessarily mean it is the best option. A lot of people use a bar of soap on their face. However, unless it was designed to be used for the skin on your face it is likely that the ingredients are going to be too harsh for your skin. Although Jenn has already heard my speech about skin care, I really do appreciate her honesty as I am sure there are a lot of women out there who use a bar of soap as a cleanser. Just be mindful of how your skin feels afterwards. If your skin feels tight when you get out of the shower, it could be that it is removing your skin of it's natural oils and drying it out. I read this article the other day and learned a lot about skin care habits. I am guilty of not following quite a few of them myself. Check it out if you're not sure if you're washing your face right. You might learn a thing or two. I did.
I have to admit, I really loved reading Jenn's beauty secret. I couldn't agree more about the importance of taking time for yourself everyday. If you haven't done so all week, please make sure you do today. After all, it's Be Fabulous Friday.
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!
You might have guessed it, but the answer is oil. Everywhere I look I am reading about Josie Maran, Linda Rodin, and other face oils that people are swearing have changed their beauty routines completely! This whole time I've feared oil. Having blemish prone skin, adding oil to my skin sounds like my nightmare. Why would I add oil to my already oily face? It seems illogical to me. Actually, the truth is it seems absolutely terrifying. So then why are so many women choosing to take the leap of faith and slather the stuff on their faces? (Okay, maybe not slather, but apply. Sparingly.)
According to Allure Magazine here are 2 good reasons to try face oils:
1. Face oils can plump up your skin and decrease the look of aging. As we get older our skin does get dry, and not in the dehydrated (water) kind of way, but the loss of oil kind of way. Maybe they are onto something. Replacing the oils on your skin can rehydrate areas with fine lines and decrease their appearance. Hmm. Now there's an idea. Rehydration is key for all skin types. Not just aging skin, especially during the winter. Creams and Serums (high concentration treatments) will work as well since most contain oil within them. However, everywhere I look I am reading that face oils will create the most noticeable difference, since they will be the closest thing to replenishing your skins natural oils.
2. They allow your skin to absorb products better. How many of us spend ridiculous amounts on our skin care, hoping to revive its natural radiance we had when we were children (but didn't appreciate)? If putting oil on my skin means it will absorb serums and treatments better then I am all for it!
In conducting my 'research', (aka reading obscene amounts of online articles and reviews about face oil) I discovered an article by the beauty department titled: 9 Best Oils for a Perfect Complexion. The writer seemed to understand my total fear of using oil on my skin. By the end of her article I felt pretty convinced I needed to give face oil a try.
Since I have been treating my skin with various acne treatments, my skin has been put through the ringer. It is so dry, which makes makeup application uneven at best (that's when my skin decides it doesn't want to be flaky that day). I always thought that 'tight' clean feeling meant I had really done the job right. My skin was squeaky clean. Instead my skin was saying, "uh, thanks a lot pal, you just stripped me of all of my natural oil. Looks like I'm going to have to make more (in the form of sebum). Oh and by the way, here's a pimple." I just assume my skin is mean. I think it's time we make friends.
So, in my first attempt to make amends with my skin, I am going to try out Josie Maran's Argan Oil. In fact, while writing this post I ordered this set (since they don't have it at Sephora and I'm a wee bit obsessed with glowing skin at the moment). I will definitely let you know what I think once I've figured out how to use it best.
If you've tried face oils (I know they've been around a while, I'm just new to trying them) please let me know what brands you love, which ones you don't, and what you think of the stuff!
Thanks for reading!
The other day my sister and I were chatting about the war against blemishes we had been fighting. Both being over 25 years of age we figured the worst of our skin troubles were behind us. Boy were we wrong! While working at Shoppers I saw so many women in their late 20's and beyond come in complaining about the same thing. Hormonal acne. It is usually found around our mouths and graces us with its presence in the form of large, cystic, painful bumps under our skin. When I told my sister about the 25+ acne she said "if that's the gift I got for my 25th birthday, I would like to exchange it for something else". I couldn't agree more.
The thing about this type of acne is it is really hard to conquer. It isn't what you're eating (my sister is the healthiest person I know), nor is it poor skin care habits. It's cyclical and very hard to control. So don't beat yourself up over it. I know that is easier said than done. Trust me. I get it. Completely. I read several articles (this one being the most informative - though the products are from the UK) on cystic acne hoping I could give you a miracle cure. But alas, I am forced to conclude that treatment is not only a long process but can be quite costly as well (laser treatment for scarring).
Don't worry though. It isn't entirely bad news. We might not be able to rid ourselves of these painful bumps as quickly as we'd like, or get rid of the scars overnight. BUT, we can cover them up.
I consider myself a bit of an expert in the cover up department. I would rather people not know about the war on my face. I'd rather cover it, so when I leave the house I still feel like my self. So, I thought I would share some of my beauty secrets with you. I know I have written a blog about covering a zit, but I thought I would make a confession about a recent, unexpected, find that provided me with pleasant results. Mineral makeup. I have always been quite skeptical about mineral makeup. I found it messy, and didn't think it would provide the coverage I was looking for. Well. I will admit it, I couldn't have been more wrong.
Alright, I will admit it. When it comes to sports I've never been much of an enthusiast. It took me a while to remember the term personal best. Clearly I haven't set many new personal bests when it comes to sports....but I have when it comes to makeup!
What do I mean by personal best? Well you could think of it in terms of looking your personal best. In fact I hadn't even thought of that when I started to write this....zing! What I actually meant was a personal best in terms of getting your morning routine down pat. Time wise.
Let me start out by saying. I am NOT a morning person. It is best not to talk to me when I first wake up. For those moms out there - I give you serious credit. When sleep deprived I can be quite the bear.
Not to mention I wake up with hair that often times looks like I stuck my finger in an electrical socket (Again, refer to Exhibit A).
So to paint a picture for you, I wake up looking like I am stuck in the 80's, growling (no word of a lie) and give myself only minutes to get ready before rushing out the door. This is a daily occurrence which earned me the nickname 'hurricane B'. No judgement.
Okay, if you're thinking get to the point already! Here it is...
and I am not happy about it. Nor is my skin. So, I thought I would write a blog post on the importance of skin care with the changing seasons.
At Shoppers I have had many people come in looking for relief for dry, chapped skin. Either on their hands, face, or both! It is important that when we are using strong cleansers on our hands and face that we rehydrate that skin - as those cleansers can be immensely drying.
For those of you who have oily, or acne prone skin (like myself), you will know that any sort of acne treatment- prescribed and non- can really wreak havoc on your skin. It makes our skin flaky, dry, and sometimes even painful. The worst part is you CANNOT cover skin in that condition. If you apply foundation, BB cream, or concealer to dry skin it will look like scaly old paint. Not the look we were going for.
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I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!